7. Consider Vitamin D Supplementation
A lack of sunshine can lead to a lack of vitamin D. This is one reason why lupus patients tend to be low in vitamin D. However, the Vitamin D Council reports that some evidence suggests that low levels of vitamin D may trigger lupus in a vicious cycle of low vitamin D and lupus flareups. A study in Autoimmunity Highlights reports that while further studies are needed, vitamin D may both be a result of lupus and a cause of the disease. It may be helpful to discuss vitamin D supplementation with your physician if you suffer from lupus.
6. Avoid Stress
Taking steps to avoid stress or to learn better coping mechanisms for stressful situations may help to prevent lupus flareups. A Swedish study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that individuals who suffer from stress-related disorders have a higher risk of experiencing an immune disease later on. Exercise is one way to relieve stress and release the natural endorphins that help you cope with difficult situations. Prayer, meditation, and time with friends can provide outlets to help you relax, focus your mind, and share your struggles.
5. Watch Out for Infections
No one enjoys coming down with a cold, flu, or bacterial infection. However, for lupus patients, an infection is not just miserable in and of itself, as an infection can also trigger an aggravating lupus flareup. When you suffer from lupus, your body may have difficulty turning off the immune response that is triggered by a viral or bacterial infection. During cold and flu season, avoid highly populated areas where you can pick up an infection. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water.